We approach Disney’s 44th animated feature, “Brother Bear”! Released in 2003, people were somewhat split in their reactions to this movie. Some loved the film. Others saw it as a sort of a “The Lion King” and “Ice Age” ripoff. Which party do I subscribe to? I’m with the first category of people: I really enjoyed this film!
The film is about three Inuit brothers named Sitka, Denahi, and Kenai.
Kenai has recently turned of age to take part in a cultural ceremony that denotes his transition into manhood. The ceremony is symbolized by giving the person in question a special totem to symbolize his/her strengths. Kenai receives the “Bear of Love” totem.
At first, he’s disappointed and somewhat angered by receiving such a petty totem. But he has no time to think about it further as a bear has stolen some salmon that the brothers recently caught. He goes after the bear, while his brothers go after him. When they catch up to the bear, they end up fighting for their lives, and Sitka sadly loses his.
Vowing vengeance for his brother’s death, Kenai once more goes after the bear to kill it. After accomplishing this feat, he’s transformed into a bear by his late brother’s spirit as a sort of redemption/punishment for his cruel act. And the rest of the movie deals with him trying to turn back into a human all the while learning what it’s like to be a bear.
So, where does our forgotten/minor character come in? Later on, Kenai (as a bear) meets up with other bears at a salmon run. They meet here to fish, have fun, and tell interesting stories about themselves. One of the bears happens to be a foreign bear speaking in a foreign language (as foreigners tend to do).
IMDB states that this bear is in fact, Croatian. Now, I don’t speak Croatian; so if there are any readers who know Croatian and can verify for me whether this bear is speaking Croatian or not, that’d be greatly appreciated! In the meantime, I’m going with what IMDB tells me to be fact!
Now this character is interesting, because it makes me wonder: How in the world does a Croatian bear end up in the northern regions of North America? I mean, Croatia is a landlocked country near southern Europe. Granted the movie takes place in the post-ice age era, so much of the northern waters were probably purely ice, thereby creating a suitable walkway from Europe to northern America.
But even if that were the case, that’s still a LONG journey! Why make that journey anyway? Does he just prefer hanging around American bears?
Oh well, I’m glad that he made the journey, because we would never have known about him had he not! That’s why I’m recognizing him as the forgotten/minor character of this film!
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